Events To Look Out For in October 2018

October 1, 2018

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We have been well and truly cut off from our mate summer now. Over a month has passed since August and though we have enjoyed some quite lovely days recently, that winter chill is starting to bite, so it’s time for you to dismiss your weekend and weekday outdoorsy plans, and snuggle up on the sofa in front of some great live sport.

Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to over the month of October.

Football

As the great David Mitchell would say, “Every football team will be playing football several times and in various combinations.”

I am a massive football fan, but I do absolutely love that sketch. It hits the nail on the head so inoffensively, but so aptly. Here it is for your rewatching or first-time watching pleasure:

But leaving the comedy behind for one minute, what football should we be looking forward to this month? Let’s go chronologically…

Just this mid-week we some proper mouth-watering fixtures to get out teeth stuck into. Hoffenheim vs Man City and Man United vs Valencia on Tuesday, then it’s Napoli vs Liverpool and Spurs vs Barcelona on Wednesday! Wooooof!

Then next weekend, just the small matter of the PL top two facing off as Man City travel to Liverpool. Liverpool have won 6 of their 9 games against City under Klopp, and have won all four times at home with an overall goal difference + 8.

The second weekend of the month we have the international break. STOP GROANING! Internationals are good fun. Home nations wise: Scotland travel to Israel and host Portugal, England travel to Croatia and Spain, Northern Ireland play in Austria and Bosnia, and Ireland face Wales and Denmark. Ireland are in horrendous form at the moment and the management duo of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane seem to be in disarray.

After that lovely little interlude, the Premier League is back with Chelsea vs Man Utd (in what could very much be Mourinho’s last United game!), while the week after sees Spurs face Man City.

Plus, between that there’s another Champions League round: Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford with Juventus, City travel to Shakhtar, Liverpool host Crvena zvezda, and Spurs go to Holland to play PSV.

Excellente!

Here’s a couple of markets we see some good value in:

Liverpool to beat Man City 29/20 with Ladbrokes

Denmark to beat Ireland 13/10 with 888 Sport

Football in October

Formula 1

We’re really getting to the business end of the season now. Lewis’ controversial win at the weekend has left him a full 50 points clear in the championship and with just five races to go it looks like the Stevenage-born superstar can only be stopped by some kind of supernatural curse.

It really doesn’t look likely, though. Hamilton has been in imperious form this season and is right now arguably in the form of his life winning 5 of the last 6 races, and coming from 14th in Hockenheim to take the victory at the German Grand Prix.

With 25 points handed out for a win, on paper it looks like Vettel very much is still in the hunt, but the German will have to win every race and hope Hamilton finishes below 3rd at least once. Possible, for sure, but unlikely, and against all odds, Ferrari seem to be burning out.

But getting back to the subject of October, we have a very busy to look forward to with three races take in – Japan, USA and Mexico.

Mercedes have won the last four Japanese Grand Prix’s with Hamilton being victorious on three occasions, and though Sebastien Vettel has won here four times before, he hasn’t won at Suzuka since 2013 and that was when he was at Red Bull. Ferrari haven’t won in Japan since 2004!

USA is Hamilton’s track. In the seven USA Grand Prix’s Lewis has raced in, he’s won six. The other was won by Vettel back in 2013.

Mexico? Well we’ve only had three since 1992, and they’ve been split evenly between Hamilton, Verstappen and the now-retired Rosberg. Amazingly, Vettel has never been on the podium in Mexico City. Surely that will change this time around, and it has to if Vettel is to stand any chance in this year’s title race.

Here’s a couple of markets we see some good value in:

Nico Hulkenberg evens to finish in the points in Japan with Ladbrokes

Valtteri Bottas 15/2 to be on pole in Japan with Betfred

Formula 1 october 2018 betting

Rugby League

October is always the month for Rugby League but this October looks more exciting than ever. Not only do we have the Super League Grand Final, but we also have England vs New Zealand, two Super League semi-finals, a League One final playoff featuring the reformed Bradford Bulls, and the last ever ‘Million Pound Game’. And arguably, it’s the ‘Million Pound Game’ that will draw the most interest.

Rugby league has come on leaps and bounds since the Super League’s inception in 1996 with real intrigue developing in all parts of the globe. Two French teams have already competed in the league, while in 2016 the Toronto Wolfpack hailing from Ontario, Canada entered the system winning League One in their first season and finishing top of the Championship this year.

But until next season there is no promotion and relegation from the Championship to Super League, instead, teams go through a system called ‘The Qualifiers’ which features the bottom four sides from Super League and the bottom four from the Championship. In ‘The Qualifiers’ the top 3 remain or promote to Super League, and 4th and 5th playoff in the ‘Million Pound Game’ to determine who goes up and who stays down. This year’s contest will be played in Toronto between the Wolfpack and the London Broncos, and it’s going to be hella tasty. Broncos smashed the Wolfpack 47-16 earlier in the season in London, but the Wolfpack won both ties in Toronto, 32-12 in June, and 34-22 just last month.

Then away from the lower echelons of the Super League there’s soooo much excitement at the top with St Helens hosting Warrington and Castleford travelling to Wigan in the two Grand Final semi-finals. St Helens smashed Warrington 30-12 away from home, but in July at home it was a much closer 14-12 contest. St Helens have also lost 3 of their last 7 matches after losing just 1 of their 23 before that. Meanwhile, Castleford beat Wigan 19-18 at home but lost 28-12 and 24-22 away. Wigan have also won their last 8 matches including a 30-10 demolition of St Helens at the end of August. The two semi-finals will be played this weekend and the Grand Final will be the following weekend on the 13th October live from Old Trafford and on Sky Sports.

And finally, on the 27th October, we have the first of three tests between England and New Zealand in Hull. England’s squad is pretty depleted due to injuries, especially at centre, but last time out in June, England hammered the Kiwis 36-8. Indeed, New Zealand have lost their last three games in all competitions being downed 4-2 by Fiji and 28-22 by Tongo at the 2017 World Cup. England meanwhile have won 7 of their last 10 – the three they didn’t win were all against Australia. England have won the last 3 of the last 5 meetings with New Zealand.

Here’s a couple of markets we see some good value in:

Wigan Warriors to win the Super League Grand Final 15/8 with Ladbrokes

Toronto Wolfpack 9/2 to beat London Broncos by 6-10 points with Betfred

Rugby league october 2018

And More…

There’s loads, loads, loads more to come from October too…

Though we’re nearing the end of the horse racing flat season, there are still some pretty lovely events to look forward to including The Dubai Future Champions Festival from Newmarket, British Champions Day at Ascot, and the Racing Post Trophy from Doncaster.

There’s not much men’s tennis in October, but we have a major women’s tennis event in the shape of the WTA Finals from Singapore featuring Simona Halep, Angelique Kerb and Naomi Osaka plus 5, as-yet, undecided players.

In the cricket we have five one-dayers between Sri Lanka and England, plus a further T20 game.

And there’s also the small matter of Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight Championship on the 6th October live from Las Vegas.

Plus we have the netball Sunshine Series, Moto GP races in Thailand, Japan and Australia, the end of the darts World Grand Prix, and in the golf we have the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Love. Ly.

Finally, TV

October is basically reality TV month. Big Brother, Great British Bake Off, X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, and The Apprentice will be on your box every single week of this month! So this is literally your schedule for the month.

  • Monday: Big Brother
  • Tuesday: Great British Bake Off and Big Brother
  • Wednesday: Big Brother, The Apprentice
  • Thursday: Big Brother
  • Friday: Big Brother
  • Saturday: Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor
  • Sunday: Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor

Plus, you’ve got Strictly: It Takes Two every week weeknightO: An Extra Slice on Friday nights, The Circle, First Dates Hotel, Celebs Go Dating, Geordie Shore, and the Big Audition.

Sooooooo much TV!


Author: Tom Mortimer

Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.

Twitter @TMortimerFtbl


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